I am curious about the take by Orthodox here and in general regarding the many apparent men named James in the New Testament. I know of, besides James the brother of John,
1. James the son of Alpheus
2. James the brother of the Lord
3. James the brother of Jude
4. James the less, the brother of Joses or Joseph and son of Mary
5. James the author of the epistle.
6. James the apostle
I have always thought that no. 2 was the leader of the Jerusalem Church and the apostle spoken of by St. Paul. Do the Orthodox have an opinion regarding any connection between those two men? Are they the same James that wrote the Epistle? What is commonly thought about these many apparent Jameses in the Bible?